Meet the Chief

Chief Garland Wolf came to the Red Oak Police Department with 20 years of service in law enforcement. He holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate and has approximately 3,400 hours of law enforcement training.

Chief Wolf started his career as a patrolman with the Cedar Hill Police Department in 1993. Chief Wolf was voted rookie of the year in 1993-94.  ​In 1994 Wolf was assigned as a field training officer and also drafted and implemented the city’s first K-9 Unit operational policy. At age 22, he was the youngest Field Training Officer in the history of the department. He served as the senior K-9 handler and trainer until 2003. In 1996, he was promoted to patrol sergeant. He was the youngest sergeant ever promoted in the history of the police department and was assigned the duties of in-service training coordinator, field training coordinator, and served as the communications and jail supervisor during his assignment until his promotion to Lieutenant in 2003.

After his promotion in 2003 he served as a night watch commander in the field operations bureau. His assignments were the commander over the special services division, which includes the Emergency Response Team, K-9 and bicycle unit while maintaining his role as a field supervisor and in-house trainer.  He routinely conducted in-house reviews on the Use of Force and Vehicular Pursuits to administration at their request, submitting training recommendations and policy review or revision to mitigate liability exposure. Additionally, he drafted and submitted for approval revision to the department’s Use of Force and Pursuit Policies making it a comprehensive and liability conscious text that was adopted in 2005.

​Chief Wolf currently holds forty separate instructor certifications in varied disciplines. He successfully graduated from the Southwest Legal Management Institute School of Supervision for Law Enforcement. He is the recipient of two lifesaving awards and he was awarded the Police Shield and Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the line of duty. He is the recipient of eight Chief’s Unit Citations, over 150 formal commendations and citizen accolades numbering in the hundreds.

​While employed with the Midlothian Police Department, Chief Wolf was awarded the Midlothian Chief’s Award for Courage in December 2011 and additionally awarded the Medal of Valor for his actions during an armed assault from a bank robbery suspect that was threatening to take his life and the life of another officer. He also received the Chief’s Courage Award for his single handed rescue of three hostages being held at gun point by a deranged suspect in the parking lot of a local business by subduing the armed attacker.

​Chief Wolf is a TCOLE Licensed firearms instructor, senior defensive tactics instructor and licensed TCOLE instructor. ​​​Wolf was as a founding member, operator, and team leader on the department’s Emergency Response Team. He was responsible for developing the unit’s operational policies and training curriculum. He was appointed as the team commander where he had operational oversight of the unit, a 16 man team. He additionally served as the Assistant Task Force Commander for the Strategic National Stockpile Convoy Asset Protection Team for Southern Dallas County and Northern Ellis County. This assignment ensured the proper delivery and protection of vital antidotes for CBRNE events to first responders and civilian populations by utilizing assault and counter assault tactics for convoy protection. ​​​ Chief Wolf currently holds forty separate instructor certifications in varied disciplines. He successfully graduated from the Southwest Legal Management Institute School of Supervision for Law Enforcement. He is the recipient of two lifesaving awards and he was awarded the Police Shield and Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the line of duty. He is the recipient of eight Chief’s Unit Citations, over 150 formal commendations and citizen accolades numbering in the hundreds.

  1. GARLAND WOLF

    Garland Wolf

    Chief of Police
    Phone: (972) 617-7632

  2. Joane Muhammad

    Executive Assistant to the Chief